Colloquium: Wendy Brown, "Benchmarks, Best Practices..."
MAR 07, 2014 | 4:15 PM TO 6:00 PM
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
March 07, 2014: 4:15 PM-6:00 PM
Ph.D. Program in Anthropology
Department of Political Science
University of California, Berkeley
"Benchmarks, Best Practices and the Post-Saddam Transformation of Iraqi Agriculture"
This talk is part of a larger political theoretical exploration of neoliberalism and de-democratization. In this piece, I consider the imbrication of neoliberal reason with a form of governance that now circulates fluidly between public and private sectors, and between knowledge, business, and administration. I also consider how law may become an instrument of such governance. I will argue that neoliberal norms become uniquely difficult to identify or contest when they are buried in the anti-political idiom of governance and "best practices."